Why I Blog?

First of all I apologize for all the link ups this week. I think I have done one everyday this week. These are all great links up. This one I haven’t been doing as often as I should or wanted. I love this link because it gives you a change to get to know me better as a person, and not just Jessa the “Sports Wife.”

Each week Lauren from The Albrechts Blog and Hayley from A Beautiful Exchange will announce the question for next week, and we link up. Easy Peasy!

This question was one that I couldn’t pass up.

Why do you blog? Tell us what got you started, what keeps you going, or where you want to go! This is your chance to tell us why you invest your time here day in and day out.

I started blogging in late 2009 when I regave my life to Christ. I was doing a bible study that I can’t remember the name but it’s a big all over the world study. It’s a year long study that rotates every 7 years. That year it was all about John. I absolutely fell in love with the bible study and wanted to get back on the right track. I started that blog as way to write what I was thinking and making all the mistakes right. Also I had a facebook who wrote on her facebook each day for a whole year (without repeating) something that she was thankful for. It struck a chord with me and made me want to do that too, but I chose a blog platform instead.

Then I started a 2nd blog because we were moving to OKC in 2010. (Don’t ask me why I started another but I did at the time. Gary had just accepted a position with the Oklahoma City Redhawks. (I know if you look at the archives it doesn’t go back that long. Keep reading.) I wanted to show our friends and family our life and what we were doing. We were also planning a wedding, but I failed to blog about that.

A while back ago (I don’t remember when) I deleted a bunch of my old posts. I didn’t like them for whatever reason. Why I didn’t put them in ‘revert in draft’ is beyond me.

I continue to blog because we move around so much for his job. We are nomads basically. It’s a great way to get “girls time” because to be honest it’s tough to go out and meet new friends in town. Also its tough when you are constantly moving around so much. I love to blog because I have friends everywhere. There is also a blogger just around the corner. Plus almost every state has a blogging community to get involved in. Sad thing: I haven’t found one for West Virginia. I have found only a few blogger in WV. If you know anyone let me know. I would appreciate it so much.

I really don’t know where this blog is going to go but right now I am enjoying it.

Now to a blogger that has turned into a real life friend is Rebekah from Living Lavender. She started her blog as a way to lead a calming and fulfilling life. Living Lavender is place you can go to find amazing DIY crafts, anything glitter, and being real about anxiety.

Now show her some love.
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Saying Goodbye to Phoenix

As we have been driving across the country, we have talked about almost everything. As we were in West Texas we got to talking about the things that we were going to miss in Phoenix. Phoenix has been “home” to us for a year and half. Phoenix has some great places, and we feel that we left too soon to do everything that we wanted to do. But we couldn’t have passed up on this great opportunity in West Virginia.

Part of the reason I started this blog was to be a virtual scrapbook on our lives! Gary and I want to say bye to Phoenix. A city that will always have a place in our hearts.

We are going to miss:

I’m going to miss the weather. I LOVED the fact that I could wear flips flops all year around!
Beautiful scenery. Arizona has the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises. I swear AZ invents new colors for the coloring box. (The palm trees were nice too.)
Sports. It was so nice to have all the major sports around.
Friends. Also bloggers friends who have turned real life friends. Plus the friends we (Gary’s friends who have accepted me) knew coming into town.

IKEA.. I’m going to miss one being right down the street. I love that place!!

In AZ I experienced a career change. It was one of the best decisions. I loved the experience with the Coyotes, but think I found what I am suppose to do.

I’m sure that we are missing more things, but that’s really all we could think of. Today we are heading to Louisville, Kentucky to meet up with my parents. They have been so nice to take Heisman for a few weeks so we could get settled in.

Win Earwarmers & Meet New Bloggers Giveaway

I am so excited for this link up. I “met” Kassi when I first moved to Arizona. She was the first blogger that I talked to about driving across the country to a new place. I am so honored to be part of the 20 Wishes in 2014. This month is my store, Pearls N Stitches.

It’s FINALLY here!!! Time to link up and share your Twenty Wishes for 2014!!! You can read more on why we started this project back in 2013 here, but the gist is that life is too short. Too short to not really strive for those things you really wish to do or wish would happen. SO this year we’re all going to make a real effort to mark those wishes off our lists!
First you’ll write and then link up your list of Twenty Wishes here. In doing so you’re entered in this month’s giveaway! (There will be a new one each month.) Then you’ll work on those wishes throughout this year coming back here the last Wednesday of every month to link up and share your progress. Here’s a button to add to your side bar to remind you to come back and link monthly, and to serve as a little encouragement to work on marking off your wishes!!

This year we are doing things a little differently. Mostly in an effort to be more organized than last year… But again, the link up will be the last Wednesday of every month. Each month one or two of our ten hostesses will offer a little something as a giveaway for those that link with us. So, allow me to introduce your hostesses for the 2014 Twenty Wishes project…

Kassi & Kayli @ Truly Lovely
Sarah @ SaturDIY
Chrissy @ Whimsical Poppysmic
For this month’s giveaway Jessa of Life of a Sports Wife is giving away Ear Warmers from her shop, Pearls N Stitches!! We aren’t requiring you to follow anyone, the only mandatory entry is linking up to this party with your list of 20 wishes. BUT the more you do the more entries you’ll receive and I can personally promise you if you do follow, like, etc and of these awesome ladies you WILL NOT be disappointed!
So, link your wishes and enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter form below! The giveaway will end at midnight on February 12th. Can’t wait to see what you lovelies wish for!!!

Also meet one of my amazing sponsors!!
Meet Rachel from Postcards from Rachel.
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I absolutely LOVE this girl, and wish that I had more time to hang out with here while she was living in Arizona. On her blog she talks about her life traveling around the world, her cute little pups, and ways to be a better blogger. My questions this month to her was: What is the best advice you received about blogging?
Her advice was be real, be relatable and refreshing.
Her Favorite Posts:
15 Blog Post To Get Over Writers Block
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Why I Choose My Husband Over My Friends
My Favorite Posts:
Grow Your Blog and Love it Too
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New Year, New Theme: Better

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope that everyone had a great night and said Good Bye to 2013! Last year wasn’t a tough or trying year, but it also wasn’t a year that was amazing would want to repeat. Gary and I have some big goals for this upcoming year so we are ready for 2014!

Instead of making a bunch of resolutions on life I am going with a theme for this upcoming year. My one word is Better! I want to be a better person than I have been in all aspects of my life.

Personally: I want pray like I have never prayed before. Find a church family. Live everyday with passion and purpose.

Financially: Gary and I set a budget on Christmas Day. We listened to Craig Groeschel about being Weird, and Money Matters.

Relationships: Really developing better relationships with people. As bad as it sounds really evaluating the friendships we have and if we need or want to continue those friendships.

Overall I think this is my year on personal development. Last year I found out a lot about myself professionally and changed my profession. I want this to be the year that we grow in our marriage and in ourselves. I want to accomplish things we have both always wanted to accomplish.

What are your goals or resolutions? 

The Girl Between the Lines: Part 1

I just found this link up during Thanksgiving Break because I am so happy that I did. Hayley from A Beautiful Exchange and Lauren from The Albrechts Blog.

So today is share a photo of you with 3 things that you love about yourself. I broke the rules and posted several pictures of us.

Things that I about myself:
1. I am super organized!
2. I am good listener.
3. I have blue eyes that change blues.
4. I have naturally long eye lashes.

 

 

We Saved Hundrends and Thousands


This weekend has been crazy, but in a VERY good way!! I got off work on Wednesday night and went back to work today. Sundays are like my Mondays, which totally rocks! A little weird to get use to at first but I LOVE it.

Thursday: Thanksgiving!!!

We had a friendsgiving with some friends over at our place. It was our first time cooking a turkey, and I think it went alright! The guys took home leftovers, and Gary had leftover pie. So I think a win-win overall. Minus the fact that I was a horrible blogger and forgot to take pictures. Heisman even had a friend to play with during the day, and he was exhausted. Which was great because I didn’t feel so bad when we left to go shopping!!

Yes, we went Black Thursday/Friday shopping!! We went to Wal-Mart for a tv, laptop, and maybe an ottoman. The laptop was the major item, but the tv was the easier item to get. The laptop turned into a catastrophe because we went wanting the $278 computer then the lady said if we wanted we could get the $178 computer. When we went back to get the $178 computer it was $400 because she told us wrong. Not only us but 20 other people. After a while they decided to give us the $278 computer for $178. Then a girl wanted to trade us because she wanted that computer. Which was good because we wanted the computer that was originally $178. So lllllloooooonnnnnnngggggg story short: WE got the computer we wanted.

Target. It was about 10 o’clock, and Gary wanted to get some DVDs for cheap. So we went and it was a COMPLETELY different environment than Wal-Mart. We were in and out, and went home!!

Friday: Here is where we saved THOUSANDS!! If you follow me on Instagram you know that we got a NEW (new to us) CAR, 2012 Ford Focus. We went to go look at different cars to start doing our research for a new car. After some talking we decided that we should get the new car. Our old SUV was 12 years old (still had a year to pay) and we had to do a lot of repairs.

Saturday: Football.. All day!! We watched Ohio State win, Auburn beat Alabama, Arizona State beat that school down south. Arizona State will play the PAC 12 Championship AT HOME!! This is huge!! Georgia beat Georgia Tech in 2 OTs.

 

Sunday: I worked ALL DAY!! This weekend has been exhausting, but I’m ready to get back in the swing my life. Taking such a break was GREAT, but need to get back to work!!

Day to Day Working for Sports Team

I knew that I wanted to work in sports since college. I have worked for several different teams doing different things. My first internship was with the Iowa Cubs. (Triple A for the Chicago Cubs)

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My last sports job was with the Phoenix Coyotes as a Group Sales Account Executive. I recently have accepted a new role as an Admissions Representative for Le Cordon Bleu. (No worries, still the sports wife because my hubs will always be in sports.)

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Everyone usually asks me about what I do every day. Do I hang out with the players all day? (I did a job where it was my job to hangout with the players all day, and it’s not fun. Some of them are like toddlers and ask you why all day.) I get to do go to the games for free and have a blast all day. I wish, but our friends get to benefit from that.

I usually get to work around 830, and start the day talking with everyone about sports from the night before. I usually have to leave the house around 710 because if I don’t I will be in traffic and late for work.

For most of the day I am on the phone calling potential groups, group nights, package holders, potential package holders, single game buyers. It’s my job to always be upselling people. If you have a 12 game plan I want you to be in a half season holder. I’m literally making anywhere from 80-100 calls a day.

So there you had it? My “glamorous” Life in sports.

Boys of the Blog

So it’s that time of the month when Gary takes over my blog for the day. I know that he loves to blog a little bit each month. I love that Mal and Stephanie do this each month. We have done it in the past before so you can see the other here and here.

So we are going to do it a little different. I am going to guess that the answer would be and then Gary is going to tell us the correct answer.

1. If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
J: Shark. It’s his favorite animal. He even has it tattooed on his back.

G: Shark!
2. What is your favorite meal?

J: Anything Mexican. He eats a lot of burritos.

G: He said, he could see that but wings. (J: That would have been my second guess.)

3. Do you use any forms of Social Media? What is your favorite?

J: He has facebook and twitter. He doesn’t use them as often as I do. I think his favorite would be facebook only because I see him using that more.

G: Yep, facebook and twitter. I don’t get twitter.

4. Beer, wine, liquor, other, or none of the above?

J: Mostly beer but we went to Vegas and he got a Jack and Coke.

G: I’ll take beer all day, but I do like Jack and Coke every once in a while.

5. Complete the sentence: “Never have I ever…”

J: I can only imagine what he is going to say to this. I’m actually a little nervous.

G: This is tough..I don’t know how I want to answer this…peed in the pool!

Thanks bb for filling in for me today! I can’t wait for next month to see what these girls come up with.

10 Things You Might Not Know

I started this blog for my family, but I didn’t expect to meet so many amazing people. I try to be as transparent on this blog, because Gary and I use this blog as a virtual scrapbook to some degree.

I also saw this on Kalyn’s About Me page! I absolutely LOVE her page! It’s so amazing! So I’m just going to be honest and admit that I am trying to imitate it. Imitate is the best form of flattery, right!! Please don’t be made, Kalyn!
If you haven’t met this girl, DO IT after you read this post.

Here are 10 things about me that you might not know if you just saw my blog title. (Life of A Sports Wife)

1. I love getting my hair done. I love going to the salon and getting my hair colored. I still haven’t went to DryBar yet, but I am dying to go.

2. I’m really girly sometimes. I am more than a girl who just knows and likes sports. I love shopping! Purses are actually MY FAVORITE ever. I have so many bags and purses that it’s sometimes ridiculous.

3. I was born in Iowa, but grew up in Arkansas. I went back to Iowa to attend Iowa State. I consider both my hometown if that’s possible.

4. I just turned 30! You can read about how uncomfortable I feel about that in my 40 before 40.

5. I’m alright with waiting to have kids. I think we need to be responsible on having kids. I want to be able to raise my kids myself and not depend on others. No one is going to pressure Gary and I into having kids.

6. We move around a lot for our jobs. I can pack up our house in less than day, and able to judge 50lbs by lifting it up. It’s a gift and a curse. That’s how I got my name “Life of a Sports Wife” because my husband works in the front office of sports teams.

7. I’m actually really crafty. I just opened my own etsy store called Pearls N Stitches. Check out the reason why I named it what I did here.

8. I have a brother and 3 sister in laws. I really don’t about my family because I’m not sure they would want to be on here.

9. I LOVE music! I was actually a music major my first semester of college. I have a random taste in music. I can pretty much listen to anything. Gary likes to make fun of my music selection. Currently my favorite songs are:

10. I’m religious. I love reading books about how to be a better person whether that be professionally or spiritually. I think you can never too much to better yourself.

Boys of the Blog

1. What celebrity would play you in a movie about your life?
Tom Cruise…because we both have a big nose…although I am a lot taller than he is.

2. What is your dream car?
Nisson Titon, all black with a 6-inch lift. Yep the country is coming out in me.

3. Do you have any tattoos? What, where, why?
I have 4 tattoos. a sun on the left shoulder because it was my first tattoo and i thought it looked cool. A skull on my right shoulder because I was in a frat for a year and that was our mascot/logo. A scorpion on my right shoulder blade because i thought it was cool and it was going to be the center piece of my desert theme on the right side of my back. a shark on my right shoulder blade because i love sharks and it was going to be the center piece of the ocean theme on the right side of my back. I didn’t end up doing the themes because I found out that you are going to need a lot of money to get all that done.

4. Boxers or briefs?
trick question. I wear boxer briefs. best of both worlds.

5. List 3 random facts about yourself…
1. I love to drink lemonade.
2. I listen to all kinds of music..i like most kinds of music.
3. I have over 100 major league and minor league baseball hats. I still feel that it isn’t enough…I want them ALL!!!!